Toyota Hybrids Recalled For Power Window Switch Issues

Some hybrid models have been included in Toyota’s latest recall of window switches.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. (TMS), announced yesterday that it will conduct a safety recall involving approximately 2.5 million vehicles to inspect and apply special fluorine grease to the driver’s side Power Window Master Switch (PWMS).

Hybrid models included in this recall are approximately 116,800 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid and approximately 23,200 2008 Highlander Hybrid.

The driver’s side PWMS may experience a “notchy” or sticky feel during operation. If commercially available lubricants are applied to the switch in an attempt to address the “notchy” or sticky feel, melting of the switch assembly or smoke could occur and lead to a fire under some circumstances.

The “notchy” or sticky feel may be caused by an uneven application of the grease during the switch assembly process at the supplier. If the grease is not applied evenly, frequent use of the switch and normal operation may cause the grease to become carbonized and may eventually result in the deterioration of its lubricating properties.

The recall remedy will involve an inspection, switch disassembly, and application of special fluorine grease. The switch inspection and repair will be performed at no charge to the vehicle owner.

Owners of vehicles covered by this safety recall will receive an owner notification letter via first class mail starting in late October 2012. The repair will take approximately one hour depending on the dealer’s work schedule.

Toyota said yesterday’s announcement is for U.S. market vehicles only.

The following is the list of all vehicles affected by this recall:

• 2007 to 2008 Yaris (approx. 110,300)

• 2007 to 2009 RAV4 (approx. 336,400)

• 2007 to 2009 Tundra (approx. 337,100)

• 2007 to 2009 Camry (approx. 938,100)

• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid (approx. 116,800)

• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD (approx. 34,400)

• 2008 to 2009 Scion xA (approx. 77,500)

• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia (approx. 38,500)

• 2008 Highlander (approx. 135,400)

• 2008 Highlander Hybrid (approx. 23,200)

• 2009 Corolla (approx. 270,900)

• 2009 Matrix (approx. 53,800)

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  • bizworldusa

    Toyota says it’s a voluntary recall. The government is not requiring Toyota to recall vehicles. The company will send letters to owners later this month. Drivers then have the option to get the window switch fixed.

    “We’ll bring them in, we’ll inspect the switches, put the proper lubrication on it,” say Chuck Baker with Haley Toyota, “It’s about an hour fix and it will be at no charge to the customer.”

    James Potter owns a 2007 Yaris which is included in the recall. He plans to get it fixed as soon as possible.

    “I’ll take advantage of it,” says Potter, “I’ll follow up on this because I don’t wanna take any potential chances. It would be very unnerving to have any type of smoke billowing up from the window well.”

    Potter has never had any problems with his Yaris but he says it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • greamesmith

    Who makes the switches? They be a foul whooping. shag Toyota like this.At least it will not lead on just like the different Toyota factor. I detected that the majority of the cases aluminium windows
    were of individuals misinterpretation the gas and brake, and obtaining paid from “above” to complain.